Year End Crime Report

    Press Release

January 4, 2018

Year End Crime Report

 

Serious crime in Laclede County declined nearly 8% in 2017 compared to 2016 according to the Missouri Uniform Crime Reporting Program.  Part 1 crimes, which include homicide, manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson decreased 7.65%. These numbers are only for crime reported to the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office and do not include the crime reported in the City of Lebanon.

Much of the decline was driven by a drop in violent crime which decreased 42% over the year. “Much of the violent crime we deal with is driven by domestic violence. We made a concentrated effort, since the first of the year, to conduct better investigations, and to get victims of domestic violence assistance to stop the violence and we did a better job partnering with COPE domestic violence shelter and their advocates to get victims the assistance they need,” said Sheriff David Millsap.

Overall property crime in the County decreased by nearly 2%. Stealing incidents dropped 5.33% and motor vehicles theft decreased. In 2016 the County reported 84 burglaries and in 2017 that number rose to 94. “I believe with the number of neighborhood watch programs we have started, and we hope to develop more, will lead to a bigger decline in property crimes,” Millsap said. The Sheriff added that property crimes can be significantly impacted, not only with neighborhood watch, but citizens locking doors of their homes, sheds and garages. “Most people feel safe in Laclede County and that tends to lead to a false sense of security, that we can leave doors unlocked, especially out buildings that thieves often target.” In the past year the Sheriff’s Office has worked with citizens to develop community watch programs in Eldridge, Sleeper, BB/H Highway area, Phillipsburg, and Sassafras Road. The Office continued to work with an existing community watch program in the Nebo/Falcon area meeting with that group once a month.

The Laclede County Detention Center booked 2,319 inmates during the year an increase of 4.37% from 2016. The Center’s average daily population was 134 inmates in 2017. The Center’s actual capacity is 122. “We had over 160 inmates on September 9 which is the most ever housed, at one time, in the facility. We had two months when the average population was 150. That number puts a real strain on the budget and the staff,” Millsap said, “but in the end the staff worked through the issues and we stayed on budget. I am proud of their work.”

A total of 460 inmates were transported by the Sheriff’s Office to the Department of Corrections an increase of 11.38% from 2016. “Working with the Prosecutor, and the Judges, a lot of people who needed to go to prison went to prison,” the Sheriff said.  Millsap added that citizens would be surprised at the number of transports we do in a year, picking up inmates in other counties who have Laclede County warrants, transporting inmates to DOC, and picking inmates up at prison and bringing them back here on other cases and transporting arrestees and inmates to mental health facilities. “Last year we completed 956 transports, an increase of nearly 21%, to say the least we kept the road hot picking up and delivering people to various facilities throughout the state.”

Deputies were busy answering calls in 2017. Last year Laclede County 911-Communications dispatched deputies to 12, 217 calls, in addition to 555 calls dispatched to the Conway Police Department. Deputies wrote 1, 767 preliminary offense reports during the year.

Laclede County 911-Communications received 17,065 emergency calls in 2017. “A lot of citizens don’t realize all 911 calls, whether the call originates in City of Lebanon, or in the county, comes to our communication center before being routed to the appropriate agency,” Millsap said. Laclede County 911-Communications dispatches all fire department calls, even for the city of Lebanon. In 2017 Laclede County 911-Communications dispatched 4,546 fire calls. City of Lebanon makes up half of those calls, the remaining fire calls are dispatched to rural fire departments in the county. Lebanon Rural Fire Department makes up about 23% of the fire calls dispatched by 911-Communications. Laclede County 911-Comunications received a 98% compliance rating from the Missouri Highway Patrol, during a recent audit, regarding their Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System and National Crime Information Center entries. This was the highest rating the Communications Center has ever received.

“I feel good about the first year in office. We increased training in the jail, 911-Communications and in patrol. The staff accepted the challenge to get better and to provide better service, and getting involved in the community. We still have a lot of room to get better, but overall I am really proud of the deputies, dispatchers, detention workers and support staff that worked hard everyday for the citizens,” Millsap said.

 

Burglary Arrest Made

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The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Marshfield man, for the second time this year, for burglary. Ethan Doza, 20, of Marshfield was on bond for a burglary committed earlier this year, when he and another suspect entered a home in the 24000 block of Camellia Road. While in the residence the pair stole a Savage .22 caliber rifle, a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, Remington .243 caliber rifle, Remington .30-06 caliber rifle, $120.00. The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking a second suspect in the case. Doza has been charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Stealing.

On January 20, 2017 Doza was arrested in Marshfield for the January 16, 2017 commercial burglary at 22993 Professional Drive.

Sheriff Millsap Unveils New Uniforms

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Sheriff David Millsap and Sgt. Jamie Painter model the new Laclede County uniforms and some new lettering on a patrol vehicle.
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County residents who think they have seen some new lawmen patrolling Laclede County are mistaken.

Sherrif David Millsap decided to update the uniforms of the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office for the first time in 32 years.

Millsap, who has been in law enforcement long enough that he remembers when the Department went to the brown shirt uniform for the first time in 1985, said, “I have never been comfortable in a police uniform because they are just so heavy and bulky. This is the first uniform that you put on and you go ‘Wow, I can wear this uniform all day.’”

On first glance, the new uniform is misleading. What appears to be a normal khaki shirt with pockets, collar and buttons is actually two items of clothing: the pocketed portion is a bulletproof vest while underneath is a breathable polo-style shirt sporting the usual patches.”

Garry Earl Shidler Arrested

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The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Garry Earl Shidler, 42, of Lebanon for two counts of 1st degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. Shidler was arrested after stealing two Ford Mustangs from two different Lebanon businesses in April (Parson’s Auto Sales and S & S Recycling) . He was arrested yesterday in Lebanon.

The Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant for stolen property and drugs at a residence in the 500 block of Texas in Lebanon, where Shidler had been living. During the course of that search, stolen property was recovered relating to a storage unit burglary in Richland, Missouri. Deputies also recovered personal papers, and identification of other persons that Shidler had stolen with the intent to commit identity theft .

Shidler is a person of interest in burglaries and thefts in the Eldridge area, as well a fraud case involving the use of a stolen identity defrauding a local business.

“We believe that Shidler, and his associates have been very active in stealing from storage units, as well as burglaries in Laclede County. He is also a person of interest in thefts in Wright County. Investigators have worked diligently to connect the dots regarding Shidler’s criminal activity. This arrest certainly helps us in our battle against property crimes in the County,” said Sheriff David Millsap.

The Sheriff’s Office will present Receiving Stolen Property charges regarding the search warrant to the Laclede County Prosecutor’s Office.

LAKE AREA NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT GROUP ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY AMOUNTS OF DRUG SEIZURES

The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force which serves Camden, Crawford, Gasconade, Laclede, Maries, and Osage Counties. Additionally, the task force serves the cities of Lebanon, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Cuba, Hermann, Steelville, Bourbon, and Belle. The task force encompasses six counties with an approximate population of 142,000 residents. LANEG employs five (5) Task Force Officers and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who supplies one (1) Trooper to the task force. LANEG focuses their efforts on drug enforcement by conducting both covert and overt narcotics investigations in the counties and cities they serve.

The task force reported the following amounts of drug seizures as a result of its enforcement efforts in the previous quarter (January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017):

Methamphetamine — 135.7 grams

Cocaine — 1.5 grams

Heroin — 12 grams

Marijuana — 485.5 grams

Indoor Marijuana grows — 1

Synthetic drugs — 12.5 grams

Prescription drugs/pills — 251.5 doses

During the previous quarter (listed above), LANEG also disassembled three (3) methamphetamine drug laboratories and dump sites, served twenty-seven (27) search warrants, conducted twenty-six (26) consent searches, seized twelve (12) firearms, and arrested sixty-three (63) individuals on one hundred and eighty-seven (187) drug related charges. In addition, LANEG made six (6) Felon in Possession of Firearm, six (6) Endangering the Welfare of a Child and forty-two (42) warrant arrest, these non-drug related charges include but are not limited to the above sixty-three (63) individuals.
LANEG credits its success to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies’ and the public’s cooperation. If you have any information regarding a possible methamphetamine laboratory, growing of marijuana, or other information about the distribution of narcotics, please contact your local law enforcement agency or you can call the following toll free numbers to reach LANEG. 1-800-351-8477 (TIPS). All callers have the option of remaining anonymous.

Laclede had 6 search warrants, 13 consent searches, 15 people to be charged in these investigations. One subject arrested on a federal arrest warrant.

Funding for this project made available by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the State of Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Two Laclede County Burglaries Solved

Laclede County Sheriff Office investigators have recovered a stolen Kawasaki Mule taken from a residence in the 2000 block of Macon Drive in rural Laclede County, and have recovered several guns taken from a burglary in the 1900 block of Equestrian Drive.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, assisted by detectives with the Ft. Worth, Texas Police Department and agents Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, recovered several of the six guns taken in the burglary on Equestrian Drive. The guns were found in an apartment in Ft. Worth. A Lebanon man was arrested and charged in Texas for Possession of Stolen Property. The burglary occurred on in Laclede County on March 15, 2017. Dylan Offutt was arrested in Texas on March 22, 2017. Christopher Rodden, of Lebanon, has also been charged with Felony Stealing related to the Equestrian Drive burglary.

The investigation of the burglary led to the arrest of Tyler Owen, of Lebanon, regarding a stolen Kawasaki Mule which occurred on March 22, 2017. The Mule was recovered in Laclede County. Owen has been charged with 2nd Degree Burglary/ felony stealing in the Macon Drive burglary. The investigation continues, and other charges related to both burglaries and thefts are likely.

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Arrest made in Methamphetamine Case

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, and Lake Area Narcotics Group has arrested Joseph Robert Lewis and Reggie Dee Ellis for Distribution of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) In a Protected Area. Lewis is from Fair Grove, Missouri , Ellis is from Lebanon.

Lewis and Ellis were charged by the Laclede County Prosecutor after a search warrant was served at 22945 Gray Eagle Lane, in Lebanon. The two are accused of distributing methamphetamine with 90 feet of Little Hands Learning Center, which is a daycare. A third person Stephen Tyler Perry, from Poplar Bluff, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Controlled Substance.

Burglary & Theft Suspect Arrested – ATV Recovered

On 3/22/17 we received a report of a burglary on Hwy 32 approximately 8 miles west of Lebanon. A home and a storage building were burglarized with several items missing including a red 2006 Kawasaki Mule UTV 4×4. This theft occured sometime during the evening hours of March 21st or early morning March 22nd. Attached is a photo of a Kawasaki Mule that is the same make/model as the one that was stolen. There is a possible $2,000 reward through Farm Bureau for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved. If you have any information regarding the burglary or the UTV please contact the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office at 417-532-2311.

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3/23/2017: ATV recovered, suspect in custody

“Night Watch” program launched by the Sheriff’s Office

The Laclede County Sheriff’s Office is starting a new program to help deter property crimes. The program is called “Night Watch”. Deputies will check local businesses and churches int he County, as time permits between calls for service. They will leave a card for the business owner or property manager telling them the business was checked. By leaving the card, we are ensuring that property managers, business owners, and citizens know that we are checking the area.

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